Macaroons are like simple little drop cookies that are traditionally made from coconut. You will often find them covered or dipped in melted chocolate.  They are loved for their crispy baked outer coating and the soft and succulent center.

As with many things, these little delights can easily be made to suit a vegan diet, and some can even turn out to be a little healthier than their refined sugar counterparts.

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With coconut being the star ingredient, macaroons intrinsically come with certain nutritional benefits.  Coconut contains a number of essential minerals and good fat.

Take a look at these OGP recipes for macaroons that come with all kinds of twists but always with a little chocolate.

1.  Raw Macaroons Two Ways

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Here, we have a recipe for Raw Macaroons Two Ways by Meghan Pearson.  These raw little desserts are sweet and simple and great to share around.  The first recipe is for a chocolate macaroon. It is sweetened with lucuma powder, a natural sweetener, and raw agave syrup.  The second one is a white macaroon that uses just four ingredients.   These need to be dehydrated until the desired texture is reached.

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2. No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Macaroons

No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Macaroons [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Here’s another raw recipe that means you can have a batch of No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Macaroons by Danielle Joy in no time.  This recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients that are mixed together then put in the fridge to set.  If you don’t want to use almond butter, you could substitute it for any other nut or seed butter.

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3.  Dark Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Mint Macaroons

Dark Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Mint Macaroons

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These Dark Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Mint Macaroons by Courtney West look amazing.   They are elegant enough to serve at a dinner party or can be enjoyed as a fun treat at any time. They are sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup and enhanced with peppermint and vanilla.  The little nuggets are then dipped in rich dark chocolate and left to set.

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4.  Coconut Cocoa Macaroons

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Amy Height‘s Coconut Cocoa Macaroons are a healthy, raw version of traditional macaroons, and they are very simple to make. Just toss all the ingredients into a food processor, blend everything together, shape them into little macaroons and leave them to set.  Yum. They require no added sugar and contain extra goodness from sesame seeds, cacao nibs, and oats.

5.  Raw Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Raw Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

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Sweetened with agave nectar, these Raw Chocolate Coconut Macaroons by Nikki Stokes are another healthier alternative.  They are raw, chocolaty, and make an ideal snack or dessert. This recipe has you making coconut butter from shredded coconut that acts as a binder to the other ingredients.

6.  Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons

Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

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These Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons by Judy Moosmueller look rich and decadent. This is another very simple recipe that calls for macadamia nuts as well as coconut.  Macadamia nuts are incredibly nutritious and are rich in minerals and antioxidants.  Get a treat and a health boost in one go with these gorgeous little macaroons.

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7.  Neapolitan Almond Macaroons

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Almond flour, coconut, oats, and maple syrup go into making these Neapolitan Almond Macaroons by Jasmine Briones.  However, it’s the pitaya, or dragon fruit, that really steals the show by giving these little treats their bright pink stripe.  Let them set then dip them generously into melted dark chocolate. These make a great dish to serve at a party.

8.  Raw White Chocolate and Lemon Macaroons

Raw White Chocolate and Lemon Macaroons

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This is another super raw recipe that brings a twist to the chocolate theme.  Cocoa butter is the secret ingredient in these Raw White Chocolate and Lemon Macaroons by Larice Feuerstein.  The cocoa butter is what adds the white chocolate flavor and gives these macaroons their fudgy texture. Coconut nectar or maple syrup can be used as a sweetener while the lemons juice adds and welcomed zing.

9.  Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Hazelnut Macaroons

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Hazelnut Macaroons [Vegan, Gluten Free]

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This recipe for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Hazelnut Macaroons by Emma D’Alessandro is a nod to both a traditional oatmeal cookie and a coconut-filled macaroon.  These are lovely comfort cookies that go perfectly with a cold glass of plant-based milk.

10.  ‘Almond Joy’ Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

‘Almond Joy’ Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

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This recipe for ‘Almond Joy’ Chocolate Coconut Macaroons by Julie Van den Kerchove brings that candy bar classic into macaroon form.  They are quick and easy to make, and you can be sitting enjoying one or three or more in just 15 minutes.  This recipe is perfect for an emergency dessert, or just as an any time sweet treat.

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